Jamel Williams
No. 22
Personal information
Born: (1973-12-22) December 22, 1973 (age 50)
Gary, Indiana, U.S.
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school:Merrillville (IN)
NFL draft:1997 / Round: 5 / Pick: 132
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:35
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Jamel Ishmael Williams (born December 22, 1973) is a former American football safety in the National Football League (NFL) for the Washington Redskins. He also played in the XFL for the Las Vegas Outlaws. He played college football at the University of Nebraska and was drafted in the fifth round of the 1997 NFL Draft.

Early life

Williams was born in Gary, Indiana and attended Merrillville High School in Merrillville, Indiana. While at Merrillville, he played high school football, basketball, and participated in track and field. In football, Williams was a four-year letterman and helped lead Merrillville to a Class 5A regional title as he scored 45 touchdowns and rushed for 3,238 yards (5.7 per carry) in his high school career.[1]

College career

Williams attended and played college football from 1994-1996 for the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers. After sitting out during his freshman season, he helped Nebraska go undefeated in 1994 on their way to the National Title. Williams again helped the Cornhuskers go undefeated in 1995, with Nebraska securing a spot in the national title game against the Florida Gators in the 1996 Fiesta Bowl. During that game, Williams sacked Florida QB Danny Wuerffel for a safety early in the second quarter, part of a 29 point explosion by the Huskers.[2] Nebraska went on to win 62-24, securing their second national title in a row. Nebraska's record during William's three years was 36-2.

Professional career

Williams was drafted in the fifth round of the 1997 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins, and played there from 1997 to 1999.[3] He later played in the XFL for the Las Vegas Outlaws in 2001. Williams won the XFL's first opening scramble, used to determine which team would receive the opening kickoff instead of a coin toss, defeating Donnie Caldwell of the New York/New Jersey Hitmen.


  1. ^ "NU Football Bio - Jamel Williams". Huskers.com. Retrieved 2015-07-01.
  2. ^ "Archives". Los Angeles Times.
  3. ^ "1997 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2023-03-30.